Fairbrossen’s café has been re-jigged since last I went along and is now operating as Tom’s Kitchen and has more of a restaurant feel – as far as the menu is concerned – than before – but it is still a casual and family friendly spot – and retains its views across the vines; a peaceful and pretty location and the gateway to the Perth Hills/Carmel Valley wineries.
The separate tasting area is well worth a visit before sitting down to eat – you can taste the excellent Fairbrossen range with grapes sourced from the winery site as well as their Margaret River vineyard – and you have to try the Side Project range if you can – these are very different wines made in the natural style which is becoming more and more popular – think fermentation in qvevri, unfiltered, unfined – anyway have a taste and then you can choose a bottle or glass with your meal.
The food (which includes a breakfast menu) offers, for example, Jack’s Creek Black Angus Sirloin with green peppercorn sauce; Grilled Exmouth King Prawns with Fremantle Octopus, Chorizo and Chilli; Eggplant Parmigiana and more.
We decided, after ordering a couple of glasses of Side Project FAR Rosé to accompany the meals, Chicken Breast and Roast Pumpkin curry.
The chicken, cooked sous-vide, was served with a leek and ham croquette, pancetta, pea purée and jus – delightfully tender and juicy breast, with a crisply fried and succulent croquette and the accompaniments looked a picture on the plate and came together very well indeed.
The curry – with a side order of three juicy grilled King Prawns – hit the spot – the pumpkin holding a little firmness and the chilli level made for a spicy and zesty dish – coconut rice, crisp Asian greens and garlic naan completed the dish – certainly recommend this for chilli and curry lovers.
Tom’s Kitchen is a step up from the café of previous visits – the food is high quality and well-priced – the waiters friendly and welcoming, the outlook grand and the wine worth the trip alone. A great introduction to the Perth Hills wine region with all it has to offer on Perth’s doorstep.